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Lottozero and Textile Culture Net

Textile Culture Net is an international network of four textile institutions: Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź (Poland), Lottozero in Prato (Italy), TextielMuseum in Tilburg (The Netherlands) and CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles) in Hong Kong, who share the common ambition to develop new curatorial practices, engage younger and more diverse audiences and collaborate internationally.

Born informally and spontaneously in spring 2020 against the backdrop of the global pandemic, the four institutions joined forces to conceive what would become a long-running experimental collaboration, spanning a series of online exhibitions and exchanging of ideas, methodologies and skills beyond geographical boundaries.
All the partners are institutions working on the cutting edge between art, design, fashion, urban regeneration, maker culture and sustainability.

TCN’s fourth edition for 2023/2024 is co-funded by the European Union, within the framework of the prestigious Creative Europe program, thus giving the network a greater foundation and structure through the consolidation of relations between the institutions, the expansion and strengthening of a series of collective activities, and the possibility of greater visibility and dissemination of the outputs resulting from the project.

Being the first collaboration of its kind in the fields of textile art and design, TCN represents a new concept of international collaboration between small and medium scale institutions and art centres to become more inclusive, sustainable, efficient, and at the same time, dynamic and powerful.
Using the realm of the digital as a dissemination platform, the network intends to develop new curatorial practices, offering space to a diverse palette of cultural perspectives, as well as ways to present, collect and facilitate the making of textile art and design.

TCN’s online programs are published on the Instagram accounts of the institutions and connected by the hashtag #TextileCultureNet. The exhibitions program will start in September 2023.
The digital format, a medium used for co-designing and co-curating exhibitions by the network’s team of curators and guest-curators (chosen on the basis of their contribution in terms of cultural and gender diversity), possesses the ability to react quickly to the accelerated rhythm of contemporary society. In this way, the project takes on the characteristics of a curatorial laboratory of cultural diversity, capable of experimenting and elaborating new perspectives and points of view in the fields of art and textile design, aspiring to create an immediate and effective communication with the audience.

The existence of the network will also be strengthened through a publication which aims to collect the content of the online exhibitions. Realized in both printed and digital format, it will be designed by award winning design office Studio Mut and launched in June 2024, during a public event held at Lottozero in Prato.

TCN has been mentioned by CIMAM – the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art, among the ‘Outstanding Museum Practices in a Time of Global Crises’, during the initial phase of the pandemic.

Lottozero_©Agnese Morganti

Textile Culture Net is co-funded by the European Union. Grant Agreement n°101099994. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting can be held responsible for them.

About Institutions

Lottozero in Prato, Italy
Lottozero is a center for textile design, art and culture, with an open laboratory for textile experimentation, a shared studio space and an exhibition area.
Based in Prato (Italy), one of the most important textile district of Europe, Lottozero operates both as a creative hub and design studio. Its mission is to create a fertile environment for textile research and experimentation in design and art, and an international base for networking in the textile sector.

Web: www.lottozero.org
IG: www.instagram.com/lottozero FB: www.facebook.com/lottozero
General Enquires: info@lottozero.org
Press: Alessandra Tempesti, Lottozero curator, alessandra@lottozero.org / Tel. +39 348 8137701

Central Museum of Textiles

Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź, Poland
The Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź presents textiles in a broad spectrum of meanings and ideas. It combines the rich history of Łódź textile industry with the artistic vision of twentieth-century artists who propagated textile art in the world.
The museum runs exhibitions, educational activities and interdisciplinary research projects. It has an impressive collections of textile art, fashion, and objects related to the history of textile industry. Since 1972, CMT has been organizing the International Triennial of Tapestry.

Web: www.cmwl.pl
IG: www.instagram.com/centralnemuzeumwlokiennictwa FB: http://www.facebook.com/cmwllodz
Press: Sylwia Meyer-Olejarczyk
Promotion and marketing specialist | s.meyer@cmwl.pl | +48 509 360 945

TextielMuseum, Photo Josefina Eikenaar-2018

TextielMuseum in Tilburg, The Netherlands
In the TextielMuseum in the Netherlands you will get to know everything about textiles in the field of design, art, fashion, industrial heritage and innovation. The museum is located in a former textile factory and offers a unique combination of inspiring exhibitions, educational programmes and the TextielLab, which is specialised in textile research and production. In the TextielLab internationally renowned artist, designers and architects develop innovative textile projects that find their ways in exhibitions, public buildings and catwalks worldwide.

Web: www.textielmuseum.nl
IG: www.instagram.comnl/textielmuseum  FB: www.facebook.com/textielmuseum.nl
Press: communicatie@textielmuseum.nl

CHAT, Lusher Photography, Launch Installations

CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile) in Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile) is a part of the heritage conservation project of The Mills, the former cotton-spinning mills of Nan Fung Textiles in Tsuen Wan. Through its multifaceted curated programmes, which include exhibitions and co-learning programmes, CHAT aims to be an art centre that weaves creative experiences for all, inviting visitors to experience the spirit of the innovative legacy of Hong Kong’s textile industry and engage in new dialogues and inspirational journeys that interweave contemporary art, design and heritage.

Web: www.mill6chat.org
IG: www.instagram.com/mill6chat  FB: www.facebook.com/mill6chat
Press: Mention PR Consultants Limited
Danny Cheng | danny.cheng@mansumpr.com | +852 3749 9878| +852 9035 4994 Christy Mo | christy.mo@mansumpr.com | +852 3749 9878| +852 9315 0111